District Neighborhood Guide
The Hawthorne District is located in Southeast Portland and runs along Hawthorne Avenue from about
11th to 55th Avenue. Hawthorne is made up by the Buckman,
Mt. Tabor and
neighborhoods. As Hawthorne is not officially recognized as an single
neighborhood, be sure to also check the neighborhood pages for any of
these other areas for more information.
The Hawthorne Bridge looking across the Willamette to downtown Portland
Features of the
Hawthorne Neighborhood in Portland
family and friends from out of town are sure to make Hawthorne
Boulevard one of their first stops as they proudly show off the city.
Hawthorne is so chock-full of great eateries and shops that they
literally spill out onto the sidewalk, endangering your shins. On sunny
weekends especially, the boulevard is a-swarm with shoppers and those
who love to watch them come and go, to and fro, from behind a foamy
“district” actually extends through the Southeast
Portland neighborhoods of Buckman, Ladd’s Addition, Hosford-Abernathy,
Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor, and Richmond. It runs along Hawthorne Boulevard
from 11th to 55th Avenues.
If your exploration
begins nearer the lower digits, the first inkling that you’re in for a
good time is at Southeast 20th. Why? Because that’s where Cinemagic
is, a 1940s-era movie theater that still shows first-run films
(although you may have to wait a bit) and offers you popcorn with real
butter and a comfy (and maybe a little squeaky) seat. No beer here;
Cinemagic isn’t a view ‘n’ brew, and it’s a cash-only affair. So what?
After the movie starts, you won’t care. Enjoy the show, for cheap.
After the movie, find
that beer you missed at the flick, or some other comfortably-numbing
liquid and some seriously good bar eats, at Hawthorne Hideaway
a couple blocks up the numerals, or cross the street for a scrumptious
carb-fest and a very nice coffee at Grand Central Baking Co.
Farther up is Excalibur
Books and Comics, where you’ll
find such a huge cache of illustrated goodness that your inner Sheldon
Cooper might suffer a case of the vapors! But maybe you’re of the vinyl
persuasion, in which case you’ll be very, very happy at Crossroads
Music. Take some bread crumbs.
No, don’t, the management would just make you sweep it up. Just let
yourself get lost in there.
your way further up the boulevard; Cup
& Saucer Cafe
and Bread and Ink Cafe
are both favored for breakfast if you’re an early rambler, and Nick’s
Famous Coney Island for some
awesome doggage, Ben & Jerry’s
here you are at the thrumming heart of Hawthorne. Southeast 37th makes
the X that marks the spot. A few steps down the sidewalk is Naked City Clothing
where you can find something hip and stylish to shrug out of come the
next World Naked Bike Ride.
Across Hawthorne is Powell’s
Books for Home and Garden,
a satellite for Powell’s monster-massive Burnside book emporium. And
then Lo! Bagdad Theater &
(McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub, if we have to be pedantic)
anchors its corner, always girded about by faithful movie-goers and
ale-quaffers. Cross 37th and you’re at a figurative no-man’s land where
the two caffeinated koreas of Peets Coffee & Tea
face off across Hawthorne.
3 Doors Down is
an ever-popular hang-out for Italian influenced dishes served by
attentive wait staff and an owner that is eager to ensure the
customer’s complete satisfaction. Enjoy a bottle of vino and some
delicious appetizers and pasta dishes, in a warm and cozy
everywhere people and more people, window-shopping, eating, drinking,
watching, admiring, enjoying.
Hawthorne: Clothes, food, beer, books, folks, and interesting
Hawthorne – Vibe
Undoubtedly, Hawthorne is
one of the most unique, and most popular areas in Southeast Portland.
The area is known for its wonderful restored Old Portland homes,
liberal residents, and fun and funky feel. The street is lined with
unique restaurants and shops, and has a definite Portland-local flair.
There are a lot of words
you could use to describe the locals who live in the Hawthorne
District; activist, environmentalist, educated, opinionated, hippie,
hipster, Gen X-er, entrepreneur…and more. However you choose to
describe it, though, this neighborhood is fun, friendly, and worth a
Check out our video of the Hawthorne District, featuring a song by
local Portland band, Carcrashlander
Hawthorne Portland Homes
To find homes in the
Hawthorne area, check the individual neighborhood web pages for
Buckman, Hosford-Abernathy, Richmond, Sunnyside, and Mt. Tabor. This
area features older East Portland homes full of charm and character,
from Craftsman Bungalows to Old Portland Four-square styles, and the
occasional Victorian mixed in. This is an older Portland
neighborhood, so many homes come with hardwood floors, built
ins, and other charming details.
If you are interested in
buying or selling a home in this neighborhood, visit our Portland
Real Estate Page for more
information or visit our Portland
Real Estate Map to search the
RMLS for homes for sale.